I may have mentioned on this blog that I have a lot of nail polishes. I may also have mentioned that many of my nail polishes are unworn, or as I call them: Untrieds. And many of my Untrieds are Illamasqua. Today I bring you Illamasqua Poke.
It is described on Illamasqua’s site as:
Bright violet purple, shimmer finish.
Fairly accurate, and I would add that the shimmer is an icy blue micro-shimmer, which makes the violet lean quite blue-toned in certain light. I actually did not wear this colour on my fingers, but rather on my toes. But since this blog is a feet-free space, I will not be showing you how this looks on my toes.
This nail polish is a One Coat Wonder (OCW)! Not very surprising coming from Illamasqua. Above swatch is shown with just one coat, no top coat.
As with all Illamasqua nail polishes, the square outer cap can be removed and the smaller cap inside makes it much easier to grip when applying the polish.
The brush is on the thinner side but it applies and deposits the polish very well – no streaks or unevenness.
Illamasqua nail polishes cost $17 CAD (when it was available at Hudson’s Bay, now the only place North Americans can purchase Illamasqua is online, and prices will vary depending on the £ conversion, and shipping charges are steep). They contain 15ml of product and are made in Australia (kind of an unusual place for manufacturing nail polishes – I don’t recall any other nail polish brands made there).
• Richly pigmented – opaque in a single coat
• Unique colour
• Even, smooth application
• Chip resistant
• Pricey, but I wouldn’t say expensive or overpriced for the quality (Deborah Lippmann is $20, Marc Jacobs is $22)
Stash worthiness: 10/10